Let me start out by saying this flight sim clocks in at a whopping $100,000, so if you want to play it, you are probably going to need to head to a Dave & Buster’s or sell your house.
Now that that’s out of the way, how long have you been dreaming about piloting the Millennium Falcon? X-Wing? TIE Fighter? Snowspeeder? Probably since you saw your very first Star Wars movie. Well now is your chance. With the Star Wars Battle Pod, you can do just that and more. SWBP is a sit-down flight sim with an immersive screen that wraps around to cover your entire field of vision (over 180o), making it truly feel like you’re flying your favorite Star Wars ship.
The game itself has five missions: fly an X-Wing at the battle of Yavin and destroy the Death Star (awesome), fly a snowspeeder on Hoth to protect Rebel transports (awesome), man a speeder bike on Endor to destroy the shield generator (awesome), take the Millennium Flacon into the second Death Star (awesome), or play as Darth Freakin’ Vader against the Rebels after the destruction of the Death Star (awesome). Can you tell I’m stoked about this game?
As for the gameplay itself, maybe my high expectations let me down. The missions are few and kind of short. There’s a ton of action and everything happens so fast it’s hard to process what’s going on most of the time. It feels a bit gimmicky to be honest. I was hoping for immersive, complex gameplay, but I was left feeling quite underwhelmed.
Overall, I think this game was fun, but not terribly exciting. If you’re a casual gamer and not a diehard Star Wars nerd, I think you would walk away with a bit of a shoulder shrug from this game. Star Wars fanatics could go either way: either you’re going to go ballistic just to be able to play a flight sim based on the series most iconic ships or you’re going to be let down by the game which seems itself like an afterthought to the price tag. I’d give this game a very soft 6.5 out of 10, with a bit of play depending on the gamer.
In 1986, gamers were introduced to two adorable dinosaurs (Bub and Bob) just trying to make their way through a “cave” by defeating enemies and trapping them in bubbles.
Released for the NES, this game is fun, challenging and addicting. Players have to complete all 100 levels to make it to the final boss at the end. However, there’s a hidden gem in this game. In level 99, there’s a hidden door! Go through the door before it
disappears and you will unlock even more levels. This puzzle action game is super addicting. Even after I’ve beaten it, I continue to try beating it without dying. Extra lives are granted after a gamer gets a certain amount of points or by spelling the word “extend” that will appear in bubbles (the word will show up in on the sides of the screen once the letter bubbles are popped).
Although the game is beat-able, I challenge you to beat it without needing a continue/losing all of your points. I also challenge you to try to get to one million points. It can be done! But be careful because you are sure to die a few times in the dreaded and nearly impossible level 47. That being said, if you’ve never checked out this NES classic, I advise you to pop it in (you might have to blow in the cartridge first) and get playing.
If you’re wondering if you should follow up with Bubble Bobble 2, the answer is no. While it is a collectible (so get it for that purpose only), rare and valuable… it is no fun. You play by yourself on the screen with not as fun levels and not as fun enemies. And if you were used to playing Bubble Bobble with a friend, you can forget about doing that in part 2. Your friend only gets to play once you die. Enjoy!
Clocking in at just over a two hour drive, we made it to our destination – a Church youth center. Upon arrival, we saw that they were unloading their arcade collection consisting of NBA Jam, Golden Tee, Mr. Do cocktail table, and of course our beloved cabinet. They were getting rid of these gems to get more funds so that they could do some upgrading and improving around the center (and simply because the kids just aren’t playing them anymore). Don’t worry! It’ll get plenty of play from us and our friends.
It was a tight squeeze getting the cabinet in the back door. However, once it was in there, we realized that we had potential room to fit another cabinet (if the size and price was right and with another game to check out only 15 minuets away it was worth the trip).
The second cabinet was “Final Fight.” It was just the cabinet with a monitor – and we weren’t sure if it even worked. The cabinet had been left in a non-water-proofed storage unit for over a year! So needless to say, it had some pretty massive water damage. After a few trips from the van to the cabinet to take measurements, we came to the conclusion that it wouldn’t fit and maybe it isn’t the best idea given the condition it was in. With a heavy heart, we decided to pass … for now. As Justin so correctly put it I had “rose colored glasses” and I couldn’t get the “Final Fight” out of my head.
After leaving with our solitary cabinet, we checked out the Barcade Coin-Op game room in San Diego’s North Park for some drinks, food, and (of course) games. Stay tuned for our follow up post with a review on the place coming soon.